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  • 419th Fighter Wing hosts F-35 virtual field trip

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – With closures at schools across the nation due to COVID-19, the 419th Fighter Wing invited students to use their computers or cellphones to “visit” here for a virtual field trip today to see the Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-35 Lightning II.Col. Brian Silkey, the wing’s vice commander and longtime fighter pilot,
  • Hill fighter wings continue flying operations amid COVID-19 crisis

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing are continuing to train and fly the F-35A Lightning II here despite the current global Coronavirus outbreak.There has been one confirmed case on Hill AFB, but none in the fighter wings. As cases continue to spread in America and more and more local and
  • Women’s History Month: 419 FW commander remembers milestones, personal journey to cockpit

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Hill hosted a Women’s History lunch last week, featuring the commander of the 419th Fighter Wing, Col. Regina “Torch” Sabric, as keynote speaker.Sabric is the first woman to command the 419th FW and the first female pilot in the Air Force Reserve to fly the F-35. She has flown 11 different types of aircraft throughout
  • AFRC commander visits wing, celebrates F-35 success

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of the Air Force Reserve, paid a visit to the 419th Fighter Wing to help commemorate a key milestone in F-35A Lightning II operations here.Scobee joined Gen. Mike Holmes, Commander of Air Combat Command, during a ceremony Feb. 20 that marked the 388th
  • Hill's fighter wings conduct F-35A combat power exercise

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th FW conducted a combat power exercise here Jan. 6, launching 52 F-35A Lightning IIs in rapid succession.The fighter wings are home to 78 aircraft. As the Air Force’s only combat-capable F-35A units, the wings must be prepared to launch any number of aircraft to support
  • Hill fighter wings receive final F-35A Lightning II

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Hill’s fighter wings received their final F-35A Lightning II Dec. 17. The delivery brings the total number of aircraft at Hill to 78.“This is a great milestone,” said Col. Steven Behmer, 388th Fighter Wing commander. “It marks the end of the beginning for us. Since receiving our first aircraft, our Airmen, alongside the
  • Senate confirms Barrett to be Air Force secretary

    The 85 to 7 vote makes Barbara Barrett the third consecutive woman confirmed to lead the Air Force and its 685,000 total force Airmen. Barrett replaces Heather Wilson who resigned in May. Undersecretary Matthew Donovan served as acting secretary in the interim.
  • Reservists home after three months in Middle East

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – A group of F-35A maintainers from the 419th Fighter Wing returned home today after a three-month deployment to Al Dhafra Air Base the United Arab Emirates, where they participated in ongoing operations throughout U.S. Air Forces Central Command.The team deployed alongside active duty counterparts from the 388th FW and
  • Largest off-station F-35A operation to date

    MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Since May 30, Air Force reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing have been working alongside the active duty 388th FW at Mountain Home in what has been the largest off-station F-35A Lightning II operation to date.The Airmen from Hill AFB are functioning as a detachment with about 300 Airmen in operations,
  • Hill Airmen deploy F-35 to Europe as part of Theater Security Package

    The U.S. Air Force has deployed one squadron of F-35A Lightning II fighter jets, Airmen, and associated equipment to Aviano Air Base, Italy, from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, at Hill AFB, Utah, to participate in exercises and conduct training with other Europe-based aircraft as part of a Theater Security Package.Funded through the European
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